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October 18, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Welcome To The Rileys

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@@

It took a bit too long to figure out what was interesting about this. “How old is your daughter?” No answer. As a cold opening to a trailer, I just don’t know what I’m supposed to think about that. The trailer reveals its story like peeling away layers of an onion, and I expect that will be the pace of the movie, too. And I think that’s going to hurt my enjoyment of the movie, because I don’t expect to care much about Gandolfini or Leo until K-Stew comes in to shake up their lives and force them to deal with the hurt they’ve been repressing for so long. However, with K-Stew playing a stripper, there is some hope for this flick!

Michael the Moviegoer – @@@

It started out looking like this year’s “Revolutionary Road,” even using the same font. But I liked what we learn later in the trailer that Gandolfini is using a runaway stripper to replace his dead daughter. That easily explains Leo not answering the question about her daughter’s age. This looks like it will have strong performances of complex dramatic situations. It’s potential Oscar bait, and I look forward to seeing it.

Terrance’s Rebuttal:

Yes, I’m aware the reason for her blank stare is explained later in the trailer. I was saying it’s a weak way to open the trailer. The first few seconds need to grab the viewer’s interest. Since we don’t know what she’s thinking at that point, it’s meaningless and gets the ad off on the wrong foot. And frankly, it looks like it has more Oscar intent than Oscar potential.

The Rileys will be welcomed in limited release on October 29, 2010.

Come back tomorrow for our take on the trailer for a new British comedy from the director of “My Cousin Vinny.”

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